136. Ireland’s Economic Policy: A New Direction with Prof Aidan Regan

In this Reboot Republic Rory and Martin from the Echo Chamber Podcast are joined by Professor Aidan Regan, Associate Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin (UCD), and Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in the New Political Economy of Europe at UCD’s Dublin European Institute.

We discuss the limitations of traditional ‘neoclassical’ economics and economists and the value of a political economy approach to give a broader understanding of economies and societies. Aidan outlines a new approach for fiscal and budgetary policy in Ireland – that would focus on the state borrowing and investing in key areas of housing, and in particular addressing the climate crisis. We also discuss the shift to the economic left -for investment not tax cuts – amongst the Irish people and its implications for politics.

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